Cash-strapped Municipality of Marondera employees and Councillors have exempted themselves from the looming tariff review a move that is likely to anger residents.
The resolution was made during a Full Council meeting held at Council Chambers recently where the Councillors agreed that the employees will not be affected by the tariff reviewing exercise especially on residential stands.
“We are proposing that our employees as well as policy makers (Councillors) will not be affected by the review”.
“For example if we increase the cost of a residential stand, the employees and policy makers will not be affected, they will just pay the purchasing price,” said Ward 11 councillor Sizemark Vilela.
The local authority will review its tariffs up with effect from January with residents expected to pay shocking rates given the current hyper-inflation.
However, the move to exempt its elite from paying new tariffs will have a negative effect on revenue collection.
Council is currently battling providing standard to the community due to the harsh macro economic environment.
The municipality is also reportedly bankrupt after it emptied its coffers to pay its workers bonuses.
The review of the tariff upwards will also come as a shock to residents who were used to be offered 50% discounts each year end.